Last night, I phoned Councillor Joanne Dies, our Regional Councillor-elect for Ward 3 to congratulate her on her win. Joanne and I had a spirited but clean campaign. We both stuck to the issues and our platforms and in my opinion, we both ran campaigns our families could be proud of.
I also want to congratulate my friend, Lisa Bower. Our new Local Councillor-elect for Ward 3. I dropped out of the local race back in July to help avoid splitting the vote. I count Lisa’s victory as a small victory for myself because Ward 3 needed change and although I wasn’t elected, Lisa will bring about that change. She is a staunch community advocate and someone who will be a truly independent voice at council.
Last night many other good people won including Marilyn Crawford, Rob Tyler, Sterling Lee, Ash Khan and of course our Mayor-elect, Shaun Collier. In Pickering, I saw many friends re-elected as well including Mayor Ryan and Regional Councillors Ashe, McLean and Pickles.
I couldn’t have done this without my family. To Skye, who was a political newbie before this started but still knocked doors, dropped flyers and put up signs, all while working a full-time job. Skye remained committed to the campaign and remained a positive voice throughout. She was my rock and held the campaign together.
To my son, who didn’t know what was going on but was happy to be with Grandma a lot while Mom & Dad were out campaigning. He even joined us on the campaign trail himself many times and of course loved every minute of it.
To the rest of my friends, family, donors and supporters, Thank You! We couldn’t have done it without you.
You never say never in politics but this is likely my last campaign for public office. I’ve enjoyed my two runs but it is probably time to go back to what I do best and that is getting others elected. I’m looking forward to watching the next four years unfold.
Thank You Ajax.